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Barcelona prioritising move for 27-year-old defender over Alonso due to financial factors



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It’s a known fact that Barcelona are actively looking for a worthy right-back. However, at the same time, manager Xavi has not ruled out signing a left-back either and for that, the team is observing several players across the continent.

In that regard, Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso is thought to be a priority given his experience, but Celta de Vigo’s Javi Galan suits the profile mostly because he is rather easier to acquire in terms of finances.

His salary, too, is much lower than Alonso, and will not cause any problems in registration for the club.

According to what journalist Gabriel Sans has written for Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Javi Galan’s arrival is looking more imminent. In specific terms, there are chances that he might arrive ‘four days before the summer market closes’.

It’s been understood that the Marcos Alonso operation has been currently put on hold. That is mainly because Barcelona and Chelsea are unable to find a resolution.

As reported before, the Premier League side has been trying to add their Spanish left-back as part of the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal. The Blaugrana, however, want to operate the two deals separately.

This has more or less produced some kind of friction between the two parties, and the deal is now hanging in the balance.

As far as Galan is concerned, there remain several complications. To begin with, Barcelona have been told to meet his release clause of €18 million to complete the operation.

Up until now, Galan was looked upon as a shrewd piece of business mostly because of his lower salary, but the aforementioned price now represents a big question mark.

Lastly, with only a handful of days left for the transfer window to end, Barcelona are also contemplating signing a right-back, and a certain Juan Foyth is currently leading the charge.

The only issue that remains is the fact that his release clause will shoot to €54.6 million from this Sunday, which is a €12 million rise from his current valuation of €42 million.

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